Originally Posted by MEfree
So under your format, Tiger would likely have had a virtual lock on the Fed Ex Cup by the first week in August- that doesn't really make a for a compelling end to the season.
Your point is well taken. It is true that Tiger has been dominate in many seasons, but for how much longer is that going to go on? Can he keep playing at such a high level each year? And whether or not he does keep going at his great pace, who is going to challenge him, how many are going to challenge him and how often will those challenges occur??
I am of the opinion that Tiger Woods is indeed a rare phenomenon, one that we may not seen again anytime soon. However, there's a catch to that rareness, and that catch is--TIMING!! Tiger Woods has succeeded in a period of time where the work ethic dynamics of PGA Tour players are much different than when the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Billy Casper, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson were each in their glory. Back when these legends were playing, the PGA Tour was a place where one had to work hard for success -- exemptions were tighter, courses were not always so easy to overpower, players--even the slow ones--finished rounds much faster and tournament prize money offerings--while obviously low--were mostly not overinflated or disproportionate.
Today, the PGA Tour is a much different animal -- exemptions are looser, courses are getting knocked down with ease, slow play has become the unsung rule of the fairways, greens, hazards and concession tents and tournament prize money offerings (Greg Norman, you were right about something!) have skyrocketed way out of bounds. Although some pros are out there with a desire to win, it does not seem to be the same desire that existed years ago. It almost seems as if players just occasionally sneak in and grab something only when Tiger is either not playing his type of game, or isn't in the field at all. And while it is true that both Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh have each had fabulously successful careers--which obviously in a world without Tiger Woods would have been celebrated even more--their efforts have had no significant impact on Tiger's incredible string of successes.
The suggestions and proposals made by me in the particular discussion thread are intended to do something that the PGA Tour is seemingly unable or (more likely) unwilling to do -- promote a stronger, tougher work ethic dynamic for its players, where their desire to compete and to win is driven to new levels. Hopefully, the end result would be that years such as what Tiger had in 2013 and on other occasions would be very few and far between, and that instead we get to see a great many PGA Tour seasons come down to the last event with several players all in the running for whatever big prizes are on the table.